Belfast Telegraph

Cold snap brings heavy snowfall

Much of Northern Ireland has been blanketed by snow as a band of Arctic weather began making its way across the UK, bringing heavy snowfall and difficult driving conditions in some parts.

Northerly parts of Northern Ireland were expected to see falls of between 1-2ins (2-5cm) on Saturday, with up to 4ins (10cm) on higher ground.

Andy Ratcliffe, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, said: "Overnight saw a band of rain, sleet and snow over Northern Ireland and Scotland and this has continued to spread northwards.

"The risk of snow will become confined to northern parts of Scotland later, elsewhere it will turn to rain.

"The north west will be affected in particular, where winds will also strengthen through tomorrow and we will see blizzard conditions."

England and Wales are expected to escape the wintry conditions, with mild temperatures of around 13C expected in London.

Strong winds battered many northern parts of England on Thursday, leaving two dead in West Yorkshire after two lorries toppled over in the gusts.

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